All Community Health Centers (CHCs) are automatically located in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) by the nature of being Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). The federal government has set up many programs to help Community Health Centers attract and retain qualified personnel.
The following is a list of some federal and state programs that target HPSAs, and therefore CHCs, with a brief description of each:
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National Health Service Corps (NHSC)
NHSC Scholarship Program
NHSC Federal & State Program Loan Repayment Programs
Rural Health Clinics Act
Area Health Education Centers
J-1 Visa Waivers
1. NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE CORPS (NHSC) (Section 333, PHS Act) provides for assignment of federally employed and/or scholarship-obligated physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health professionals to designated HPSAs.
Click HERE to link to the Bureau of Primary Health Care’s (BPHC’s) NHSC webpage.
Click HERE to link to the Health Workforce Connector, a searchable job bank of open positions at NHSC and NURSE Corps sites.
Click HERE to link to the BPHC’s scholar-related application information.
3. NHSC LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM (Section 338A, PHS Act) provides primary care health professionals with payment of up to $60,000 for a two year full-time commitment in a HPSA, and up to $170,000 for a five year committment. Part-time options are also available. Payment is for use in repayment of educational loans. NHSC also provides matching funds to states operating their own loan repayment programs for clinicians.
Click HERE for information on NHSC’s Loan Repayment Program awarded directly to individual clinicians.
Click HERE for information on State Loan Repayment Programs.
4. RURAL HEALTH CLINICS ACT (Public Law 95-210) provides for Medicare and Medicaid cost-based reimbursement of services provided by physician assistants and nurse practitioners in clinics in rural HPSAs.
Click HERE to link to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Rural Health Center webpage.
Click HERE to link to the National AHEC Association’s webpage.
Click HERE for more information on J-1 Visa Waiver eligible physicians.